May 11, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. Despite losing the doubles point, Baylor's men's tennis team rallied to win four singles matches to down Memphis, 4-2, in NCAA Championship first round action in Starkville, Miss., on Friday.
The 25th-ranked Bears raised their season record to 18-11 while Memphis, ranked No. 31, ends its season at 19-6.
"I was proud of the way our guys battled after dropping the doubles point. We knew Memphis was going to be tough and they really showed their toughness today. We just have to rest up and prepare for tomorrow now," said Baylor head coach Matt Knoll.
Doubles was hard-fought with two matches ending in 8-6 scores and the deciding match going to a tiebreaker. Memphis took the first victory when, at court one, David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury downed a pair of freshmen, Diego Galeano and Mate Zsiga, 8-6. BU countered when No. 45 Kike Grangeiro and Roberto Maytin defeated No. 74 Connor Glennon and David Henry, 8-6, at court two. At No. 3 doubles, BU's Julian Bley and Marko Krickovic and Memphis' Johnny Grimal and Leon Nasemann dueled to an 8-8 tie. However, the Tiger tandem clinched the point with a 7-2 tiebreak win. In singles,
Zsiga, ranked No. 17 and playing at the top spot, quickly put Baylor on the scoreboard with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over O'Hare. Another BU freshman, Krickovic, claimed the next Baylor win with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Salisbury at No. 3 singles. Despite losing the first set, 6-2, Maytin earned the Bears' third point when he took the next two sets from Grimal on court two, 6-1, 6-3. The Tigers gained a little bit of momentum with their second point when David O'Leary triumphed over Grangeiro at No. 5, 6-4, 6-1, but Bley, a senior, clinched the match for the Bears when he posted a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Naesmann on court six.
The Bears are now 42-13 all-time in NCAA Tennis Championship action and are 1-0 all-time vs. Memphis.
Baylor advances to second round action at 10 a.m. on Saturday, to face ninth-ranked Mississippi State, a 4-0 winner over Alcorn State.